No multi-tasking. Children with auditory processing disorder often have trouble multi-tasking, especially because their memories are heavily taxed as a consequence of the auditory deficits. For example, if you ask your child with APD to put her shoes in the corner on her way to the laundry basket, you are setting her up for failure. Instead, keep tasks simple and singular. With time, routine tasks can be combined.
While people don’t often discuss auditory processing disorder, it is an issue that comes up regularly in my office. Therefore, if the symptoms that you read above seem familiar, don’t hesitate to check them out. Early intervention is the best remedy!
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